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Midnight at the Library (Ursula Dubosarsky illus by Ron Brooks, NLA)

4 October 2018
This outstanding book by two acclaimed Australian creators is thought-provoking and informative. Ursula Dubosarsky’s text, combined with Ron Brooks’ illustrations, refers to the fascinating story of books—how they are created, preserved and connected...

Mamie (Tania McCartney, HarperCollins) 

4 October 2018
This year marks the 100th anniversary since the publication of May Gibbs’ beloved Snugglepot and Cuddlepie. Joining the centenary celebrations is Tania McCartney’s latest picture book Mamie, which explores Gibbs'...

Liberty (Nikki McWatters, UQP)

4 October 2018
Three women, three centuries, three threats against freedom: Australian author Nikki McWatters’ new YA novel is an ambitious and timely exploration of power, politics and the sisterhood. In 1472 France,...

The Spite Game (Anna Snoekstra, HQ Fiction) 

27 September 2018
Anna Snoekstra's thriller The Spite Game opens with protagonist Ava confessing to the cops everything she knows about the disappearance of her former high school friend Mel, beginning with when...

My Sunbeam Baby (Emma Quay, ABC Books) 

6 September 2018
My Sunbeam Baby is a sweet picture book written and illustrated by Emma Quay. Combining playful illustrations with rhyming text, the narrator explores all the ways she loves her baby...

Two Old Men Dying (Tom Keneally, Vintage) 

30 August 2018
Tom Keneally’s latest novel is a dual narrative shared between Shelby Apples, an Oscar-winning documentary maker in the present day, and Learned Man, thought to be a link to early...

Table for Eight (Tricia Stringer, HQ Fiction) 

30 August 2018
The cover for Table for Eight noticeably lacks two mainstays of Tricia Stringer’s usual book covers: a woman in a hat, and a landscape in the background. This is because...

Preservation (Jock Serong, Text) 

30 August 2018
Jock Serong's Preservation is based on the true story of the shipwrecked merchant vessel Sydney Cove in 1797. A stranded group of 17 men set out on the arduous trek...

Sisters of No Mercy (Vincent Silk, Brio) 

30 August 2018
In Vincent Silk's debut ‘cli-fi’ novel, scenes of destruction and desperation are artfully crafted in a city that seems like most metropolises in the western world. It's an unnamed, yet...

Best Summer Stories (ed by Aviva Tuffield, Black Inc.) 

29 August 2018
When Black Inc. announced this year that it would discontinue the annual ‘Best Australian’ anthologies, readers and booksellers alike were disappointed. However, the announcement of a one-off anthology of short stories...

Any Ordinary Day (Leigh Sales, Hamish Hamilton) 

29 August 2018
In her third book, Leigh Sales explores—with great clarity and intelligence—how tragedy and loss can affect people. In doing so, she confronts some of the most profound questions about being...

Bridge of Clay (Markus Zusak, Picador) 

24 August 2018
More than a decade after The Book Thief, Markus Zusak returns with an evocative, compassionate and exquisitely composed coming-of-age story about family, love, tragedy, and forgiveness. Narrated by Matthew, the...

The Children’s House (Alice Nelson, Knopf) 

24 August 2018
The Children’s House is a lovely, lyrical and meditative novel, with a title that refers to both an actual dormitory-style communal house in Israel, and the desire—shared by many in...

The Fragments (Toni Jordan, Text) 

24 August 2018
In The Fragments, Toni Jordan has her characters set out to solve what truly happened to a brilliant, enigmatic author who died in a fire in New York in the...

Shell (Kristina Olsson, Scribner) 

24 August 2018
In this ambitious historical novel by Kristina Olsson, Australia’s decision to send conscripts to Vietnam and the forced resignation of the architect of the iconic Sydney Opera House, Jorn Utzon,...

When I Saw the Animal (Bernard Cohen, UQP) 

24 August 2018
A young man adopts a dog and unintentionally reveals the cracks in his family; a couple bicker over an undesired meal; a person slides slowly into insanity as a creature—or...

Night Walk (Alison Binks, Berbay)

24 August 2018
This second picture book from Melbourne artist Alison Binks will appeal to gentle souls. In Night Walk, a young boy named Caspar enjoys a night-time adventure while camping with his...

Tales from the Inner City (Shaun Tan, A&U)

24 August 2018
This extraordinary companion to Shaun Tan’s 2008 book Tales from Outer Suburbia taps into our subconscious, our ancient primitive longings, and our need for love, acceptance and understanding. In this...

The Rift (Rachael Craw, Walker Books)

24 August 2018
Meg is on her way back to Black Water Island after a long absence. Black Water Island is the home of the Rift, a tear between our dimension and another,...

Lenny’s Book of Everything (Karen Foxlee, A&U)

24 August 2018
Anticipation for Karen Foxlee’s new novel is sky-high given her recent gem A Most Magical Girl. Rest assured, Lenny’s Book of Everything will exceed all expectations. Lenny’s younger brother Davey...